This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday April 15 with reports of WESTERN GREBE, SPOTTED TOWHEE, SANDHILL CRANE, seasonal and local reports of interest.
The WESTERN GREBE was viewed again from South Amboy Apr 10. For more information about birding this site see http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SouthAmboy.aspx
The female SPOTTED TOWHEE continues at Palmyra Cove near the big pit through Apr 10.
A SANDHILL CRANE was seen again near the Rte 45 causeway at Mannington Marsh Apr 10.
Garret Mountain Reservation sightings this week included SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 8 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, WINTER WREN, 8+ BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, a HOODED WARBLER Apr 10, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH.
Sandy Hook reports this week included an early BROWN PELICAN, TRICOLORED HERON, and GLAUCOUS GULL Apr 8, a CATTLE EGRET and SHORT-EARED OWL Apr 9, an ICELAND GULL off SHBO Apr 10, and 2 COMMON RAVENS. Three AMERICAN BITTERNS were at north pond Apr 11. Other migrants noted at the hook this week included CHIMNEY SWIFT, WHITE-EYED VIREO, NORTHERN PARULA, 35 PALM WARBLERS, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Campgaw Reservation in Mahwah through Apr 10. The bird has been viewed from the dirt parking lot to the right of the maintenance shed.
A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was found at Harrier Meadow in the NJ Meadowlands Apr 11.
Celery Farm reports this week included BLUE-WINGED TEAL, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.
Great Swamp NWR birds this week included a GLOSSY IBIS and 9 BLUE-WINGED TEAL. A possible EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was also seen this week at the friends blind.
A TRICOLORED HERON and 2 CASPIAN TERNS were noted at Brigantine NWR Apr 12.
Fourteen HARLEQUIN DUCKS and a subadult male COMMON EIDER were at Barnegat Inlet Apr 12.
Two COMMON RAVENS were noted at the Dismal Swamp along the Metuchen/Edison border Apr 14.
A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER of the white-lored race has returned to the large spruce grove adjacent to the Flatbrook at the Blewett Tract of Flatbrook-Roy WMA Apr 11-12. At nearby High Point State Park numerous YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS and a PURPLE FINCH were noted Apr 11.
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